December 25, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
North Bergen, NY – Members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, along with thousands of labor members across the country, received an early Christmas present last week when the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act, passed by Congress. This legislation postpones for two years the implementation of the American Care Act’s so called “Cadillac Tax.”
This is a great victory for the ILA and its members,” said President Harold J. Daggett. “I commend these ILA members and their families and friends who campaigned hard against this Cadillac Tax, for contacting their Representatives and making their voices heard.”
Union members nationwide pressed Congress to eliminate the “Cadillac Tax". Union premier health care plans have been negotiated over many years and a tax would be unfair to union workers and diminish benefits.
To come in now and say we are going to tax one of your best benefits was ridiculous and we were not going to stand for it,” said President Daggett. “I join with my Labor Brother Terry O’Sullivan, President of the Laborers, who noted that the tax is ‘deeply flawed’.
The FY16 Omnibus Bill also includes the ‘James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act,’ which will ensure the men and women who worked and risked their lives at Ground Zero receive the medical treatment and compensation benefits they deserve.”